Panorama showing the Golden Gate Bridge and view over San Francisco Bay from Battery East. The panorama was taken in the early morning of a sunny day, and the bridge is well lit. At the time some a class of children were being told the history of the battery and San Francisco sea defenses. Much of the view over the bay is obscured by the trees.
Golden Gate Bridge from Battery East - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Golden Gate Bridge from Battery East' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.
Battery East is one of the old sea defensive sites overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. Since the early Gold Rush days of Mission Dolores in the 1850s and the early colonisation of this area by Mexico before return to American soil, this area of Presidio has been a strategically important military base both in regard to homeland defense and as a launching point for offensives in the Pacific theatre. There still remains several key military installations which were utilised as gunnery lookouts, especially during WW2 such as Battery Crosby, Battery Spencer, Battery 192 on Hawk Hill and of course, the landing strip and training center at Crissy Field - all key in the defense of San Francisco city and California state.
Fort Point National Historical Site is located underneath the southern end of Golden Gate Bridge and has a visitor center to educate and inform about the history of the seaward defenses surrounding the Bay and protection the Golden Gate Bridge itself. Further extensive educational resources are available at the military visitors center and resources library at the Presidio's Main Post.
Bus: Golden Gate Bridge/Parking Lot (28, 29)